In April 2014, I regrettably was reported by one of my professors for submitting a paper that was flagged by the "turnitin" website for plagiarism. I admittedly took the blame for the occurrence since I did not in fact turn in an authentic lab report and explained my situation to both the professor and the dean. The professor gave me an F on the lab report and the dean emailed me and came to the conclusion that I should be placed on academic warning with no further administrative actions taken against me.
I do not have anything marked on my transcript. I emailed someone working in the college who is in charge of handling student misconducts and the representative explained that although it will not show on my transcript there is a file open for the incident. He explained I am still required to bring it up for when I apply to grad/med schools because they will disclose my file at the schools request. I was found out that after a few semesters the file that has been created would be expunged although I do not know when that will be. I am actually looking into that as we speak.
The situation that led to the reckless, stupid behavior was very tragic. I was experiencing a lot of stress at the pharmacy I used to work for, I had financial troubles I was fighting to get out of, a death in the family, and family issues. All of these things were all happening at once and, consequently, I just did not know how to handle it well at the time.
My question to you is how do I approach this situation when applying to SMP's/MD/DO schools? I am unsure on how to explain in detail everything that occurred at the time since I consider that time to be a very sensitive and, quite frankly embarrassing, time in my life. I just do not know how explain myself to complete strangers who might not fully understand who I am or know how I am in person. It was very out of character for me to perform this type of infraction and I am ashamed of something that I did out of desperation. If it's a warning, does that could as a disciplinary action for when I apply to schools? If it gets expunged, is it then at my own discretion to discuss the infraction?
Yeah, I agree.You might get a better response from schools if you actually take responsibility for what you did and stop making excuses. Your whole post reads like someone who feels like the victim in this situation. You're not Jean Valjean stealing a loaf of bread for his sister's starving children. You cheated. You plagiarized. No amount of "tragic" circumstances in your life can make those things okay. Make sure you have someone read over your IA write-up before you submit it to AMCAS to avoid having it come across this way.
Just my personal opinion, but I think that there will come a time where taking a gap year is the norm. Sometimes it's nigh on unavoidable, like if your GPA isn't high enough and you need to do some kind of SMP, or if you don't have any clinical experience and need to work for a year as a scribe or EMT in order to be competitive. In this case, it's more nuanced. We don't have any information about the rest of the OP's application, but even if it is phenomenal this will still be scrutinized. Personally I think chalking it up to a stupid one-time mistake has a lot more credibility when it is viewed in the context of being a productive member of society for a few years before applying, rather than applying straight out of college.There should be a phrase to describe how SDN constantly tries to push gap years on people...